Friends, this is the liturgy for worship-at-home use on Sunday, April 19th.   A devotion for Saturday, April 18th went out moments ago in a separate e-mail.

Sunday, April 19th

Winter Park Presbyterian Church
The Second Sunday of Easter

Liturgy for Home Worship
Easter Greeting:

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen, indeed!
Prelude:  "Be Still My Soul" (Instrumental)
Sharon Moore, Organ and Photos
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We Assemble in God's Name

Call to Worship  -  Psalm 16:1-2, 5-11

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me.

I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.

   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

HYMN - "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"

"Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"
Rachel Doll, Voice; Sharon Moore, Organ
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Gathering Prayer

God of Peace,

We pray, confessing our doubts and fears.  We pray confessing how those doubts and fears cause us to act and react in ways that are harmful to ourselves, hurtful to others, and ignore your abiding presense in our lives.

Sometimes, like Mary Magdeline, we are overwhelmed and cannot make sense of it all.

Sometimes, like Thomas, we want concrete assurances and to see it for ourselves.

Lord, be with us in our doubts.  Calm our fears.   We believe.  Help us when we struggle.

Forgive us and bless us.  Call us and keep calling us to be your disciples.   

As we gather in many places as a church this morning, unite us in your love and your amazing grace.  We pray in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Friends, as we gather as a church, know that Christ seeks us all.  Christ comes among us with the words "Peace be with you."  Christ loves you.  Christ forgives you.  Our Risen Christ saves and redeems you.

Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace!
"Glory Be to the Father"
Sharon Moore, Organ

Anthem: "Glory-Land Way"
"Glory-Land Way" by J. S. Torbett Performed by Ed (guitar and voice), Mike (guitar and voice), Rachel (cajon and voice), Sharon (harmony voice), Christine (violin), Kris (ukulele bass and voice), and Emile (mandolin and voice)

Children's Song
"God Is Like" - Children's Choir of WPPC 
Circa March 2018
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We Hear God's Word

Old Testament Reading - Jeremiah 4:1-10 (NRSV)

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’
Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the Lord said to me,
‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.’

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.’

HYMN: "O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing"

"O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing"
Rachel Doll, Voice
Sharon Moore, Keyboard
Rachel Doll tells John 20:19-31
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Gospel Reading - John 20:19-31 (NRSV)

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Message  -  "Peace Be With You"
"Peace Be With You"
Emile Harley and Rachel Doll

Musical Call to Prayer:   "Spirit of the Living God"
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"Spirit of the Living God"
Sharon Moore, Organ
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We Respond to God

Prayer of Common Concerns

(Consider pausing for a moment of silent prayer following each petition.)

God of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ,

Help us, O Lord, to have the faith and courage of your disciple, Thomas.

Help us to see you, to believe, and to carry your good news out into the world.

Loving God, we pray for our world.

We pray for those in power as they make decisions about the people and communities in their charge.  May they act with wisdom, with care, and with courage.  Guide them and keep them.

We pray for those who are left out.  Many of us are able to make good use of technology for work, for school, for relationships with friends and family, and even for church.  Lord we pray for those who are left out and those who go unnoticed because they do not have access to such technology.  Help us to not forget them.  Commission us to reach out in love and care.  

We pray for families in mourning, especially where the traditional ways of gathering with family and supporting each other have been put on hold.  Lord, surround your grieving children in your love.  Help them to know the Good News that Christ, our Risen Savior and Lord brings into this hurting world.

We continue to pray for healthcare workers and those who serve in industries essential for the health and well-being of us all.  We pray your blessings and protection upon them, always.  Help us to remember them, their work, their sacrifices.  Hold them in your loving care.

We pray for an end to this pandemic.  We pray for hope.  We pray for our society to return to new normals guided by your love.

God of Mercy, come into our lives saying "peace be with you."  As we struggle with fear, doubt, and very real concerns, grant us peace and hope.  Fill us with your love and joy, that we may be an Easter people, this day and always.

By your grace, equip us to be your faithful church in this time.  

We pray all of this in the name of Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

A Brief Statement of Faith (Sections 1,4, and 5)
From the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions

In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the Church.
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"A Great Cloud of Witnesses" by Marty Aden
at about 7:45 "We're Gonna Have Church" by Pepper Choplin
Lyrics in video description on YouTube
2013 Centennial Worship Service of Winter Park Presbyterian Church
Video Credit: Marty Aden

We are called to be an Easter people.  We are called to hear the Good News of Christ's Resurrection and respond in joy with all that we are.  We are called by God to offer our time and talents to serve others, do works of love and charity, and bear witness to the Good News of Christ our Savior.  Let us offer unto God the gifts that we have been given.

Take a moment to consider the ways in the week ahead that you might:
Share the Good News of Easter
Offer encouragement to others.
Bring hope to God's children.
Reach out to someone who may be ignored or overlooked.
Use your gifts of creativity, music, education, art, writing, making, or building to make the world of others a better place.
Witness to Jesus Christ - Especially to someone who needs to hear it this day.

Also, consider as you are able donating to support the continuing ministry of our church:

Prayer of Dedication:  Loving God, take these - the gifts and commitments to you - and use them in ways that build your Kingdom, bring hope and joy to your children, and give praise and glory unto you.  My we live as an Easter people, sharing the Good News of Christ your Son and our Savior with all that we do. We pray in Christ's name.  Amen.

The Doxology (consider standing and singing while the track below is played)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
The Doxology
"Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow"
2017 Recording of the WPPC Children's Choir
Chimes and Voice

Hymn - "We Walk by Faith and Not By Sight"
"We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight"
Claire Canning, Soprano
Sharon Moore, Piano

Charge and Benediction

Friends, may you be greeted in peace by Jesus.  May you be filled with the hope and joy of meeting the Risen Christ.  May you be granted faith as Thomas was.  May you be surrounded by Christ's love.  And may you be sent out to bear Christ's good news to all the world: in creative, loving, earnest ways to all God's children.

And Now, may the Love of God the Father, the Grace of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forevermore.


Postlude:  "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
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The Peace

The Peace of Christ Be with You!

And Also with You!
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